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PatriotAnother Rave Review for the Patriot
Posted by mike on 2007/5/8 20:27:42 (5699) reads

We almost filed this story under "Cherokee" instead of "Patriot", as the title of this review from Off-Road Adventures magazine is "Cherokee Reincarnated".

Speaking of driving, what immediately strikes us is how similar the Patriot is to the Cherokee of old — almost to the point of being a “retro.” The Patriot’s dimensions are within an inch of duplicating its four-door ancestor.

Patriot designers kept that size and style for a reason — too form follows function.

“Simple yet distinctive geometric forms and planar surfaces define Jeep Patriot’s timeless proportions,” says Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President - Design. “Combined, these features give Jeep Patriot its robust, strong, capable off-road image.”

But more importantly, that boxy body style that goes against today’s norm of trying to round off the edges of every vehicle on the road maximizes space: You can fit more people and cargo in a box than in a bowl – and the new Patriot, like its predecessor, delivers more interior and cargo room than its competitors.

The Patriot is designed to appeal to customers who want a vehicle that is practical in terms of form and function, as well as different from the crowd of compact SUVs currently on the road, according to Creed.

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kayadog
Posted: 2007/5/9 14:40  Updated: 2007/5/9 14:46
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 Re: Another Rave Review for the Patriot
Didn't mean to offend anyone! Just thinking out loud.

The manual 4x4 Patriot does not have skid plates, brake lockers, or low range...to get that you need the automatic and Freedom II package, which gets only 21-23 mpg and costs over 20k. To me a Jeep w/o low range is not really a Jeep so what's the point? I was very excited when the Patriot was hyped as being capable and get 30mpg, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

For comparison, the Outback Basic 2.5 gets 22-28mpg, cost $21k, and is probably more capable than 2wd Patriot and equal to a Freedom Drive 1 Patriot.

Also for comparison, the new Liberty is said to get 23mpg on the highway and is probably going to be much more capable that the Patriot, has a real low range, and is much bigger.

I own a Liberty and an XJ and have owned 3 built XJ's, a built ZJ, and a CJ-7 and I'm wearing a Jeep hat right now. However, with gas prices what they are right now I am opening up my options to other vehicles.

Jeep, please bring on more efficient, clean burning diesels and my choice will be clear!

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jeepxk
Posted: 2007/5/9 15:39  Updated: 2007/5/9 15:39
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 Re: Another Rave Review for the Patriot
If you want to be green not going out and buying a new car and throwing another used one on the market is always a good idea. Just make sure you maintain your used vehicle. The other thing to keep in mind- Going out and buying a new car verses keeping one you already have is most likely going to cost you more money in the end. Depreciation will be in the thousands of dollers, that would buy a lot of gas even if it costs you a few cents more per mile in the used Liberty.
Everybody rushes out to trade in the gas guzzler for something with better milage but in the process you are consuming more and the cost of replacement sometimes cost you much more than you will ever save on gas.
Something to think about.

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kayadog
Posted: 2007/5/9 10:53  Updated: 2007/5/9 10:53
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I am in the market for a fuel effecient vehicle for my long commute that has all weather ability and very light off road potential for accessing fishing and surfing spots. The thing about the Patriot that turns me off is that the only Patriot model I would condider is the Off Road model with the Freedom Drive II, and it only gets 21-23 mpg. That's not much better than the 2008 Liberty. I think I'm going to go with a Subaru Outback 2.5, which gets much better mileage, costs the same, and is probably more reliable.

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jeepxk
Posted: 2007/5/9 11:10  Updated: 2007/5/9 11:11
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 Re: Another Rave Review for the Patriot
Here you go then - Subaru.com
See ya!

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AKjeep
Posted: 2007/5/9 11:29  Updated: 2007/5/9 11:30
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 Re: Another Rave Review for the Patriot
Ditto! no brake lockers, skid plates, or low range for you. btw. manual outback 22-29, manual 4x4 patriot 25-29. did I mention the price?
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